ClexaCon, the largest multi-fandom convention for LGBT+ women & allies, is hitting Europe this November for the first time ever.
Building from the massive success of ClexaCon in Las Vegas over the past two years, the European edition of the convention will bring together the best in queer television, movies, books, blogs and more.
The highly anticipated pop-up event will take place at the Novotel London West on November 3-4, 2018.
ClexaCon London will feature a packed agenda of panels, meet and greets, photographs, and workshops from an elite community of LGBT+ game-changers, industry tastemakers, media influencers and actors.
Discussing the future of diversity, inclusivity and intersectionality in entertainment, the panels will be covering a wide range of timely and trending topics from women’s voices to non-binary and gender conforming people representation, among others.
Much like its US counterpart, ClexaCon London will gather illustrious female individuals who make the entertainment industry’s progressive and prolific LGBT+ community so powerful under one roof and will feature stars behind a slew of unique and original queer-centric narratives and LGBT-themed programs.
ClexaCon London’s celebrity roster includes Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis from the TV shows Camilla and Almost Adults, Briana Venskus from the TV shows Supergirl and The Walking Dead, Jamie Clayton from Sense8, Mandahla Rose from Forever Not Maybe and All About E, Hanan Kattan, Shamim Sarif and Annie Briggs from Clairvoyant, and Sheetal Sheth from I Can’t Think Straight and The World Unseen.
In addition, the organizers have added a London Tour on Friday, renting a bus and filling it with as many LGBT+ women as possible.
The London chapter, while a smaller, more intimate version of the main event held annually in Las Vegas that hosts 4,000+ LGBT+ women and allies, represents a key geographical expansion for the iconic convention. Focusing on a more curated experience for its European attendees, ClexaCon London is committed to raising awareness about the differences in creative spaces and support for LGBT+ women in the UK in comparison to the US to inspire more LGBT+ women to create more content.
While there seems to be an overwhelming move towards diversity with LGBT-centric narratives and characters popping up in movies these past few years, ClexaCon believes that major studios are still remaining behind when it comes to fully embracing a culture of inclusion.
In fact, GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) recently noted a drop in the representation of LGBTQ people in films in the past year.
The organisers behind ClexaCon say that by allowing the LGBT+ community to tell their stories on the small and big screen, we not only allow viewers to have a more accurate view of society but also give LGBT+ individuals the chance to see themselves as integrated members of said society and showcase the universality of our lived experiences.
Ashley Arnold, Danielle Jablonski, and Holly Winebarger, the masterminds behind ClexaCon, are actively working to shift conventional thinking by continuing to advance the conversation about female representation in the film and TV world.
“We hope attendees leave ClexaCon London feeling empowered. We want them to know this industry, like all industries, is in desperate need of more diverse voices,” said Danielle Jablonski.
“Their voice matters. Pick up a camera, grab a pen, start writing, start creating because there are other people who care about what you have to say,” added Ashley Arnold.
High on the agenda at the UK ClexaCon is the urgent need to listen to LGBT+ voices to create more diverse content and to put queer female stories front and centre.
Aside from fan panels, the event will also offer content creation panels, acting panels as well as academic panels.
“Whether you are a fangirl, a creator, an activist, or all of the above, ClexaCon offers something for everyone,” said Holly Winebarger.
Tickets for the convention are available here.
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